A new case of COVID-19 in the United States is 50, even though the country’s death toll is approaching another dark round of 900,000, as brutal Omicron waves are rapidly loosening its grip. It is decreasing in 49 of the states.
The number of lives lost in the U.S. pandemic exceeded 897,000 as of noon on Friday, with an average of more than 2,400 deaths per day, returning to last winter when vaccination had still begun. .. ..
Since mid-January, the number of new cases per day has increased by about 500,000 nationwide, and the curve is on a downward trend in all states except Maine. And the number of Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 decreased by 15% during that period to about 124,000.
Similarly, data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that early warning programs looking for viruses in sewage reduced COVID-19 infections in the majority of participating US communities. rice field.
Deaths are still increasing in at least 35 states, reflecting the time lag between infection and death of victims.
However, due to this trend, public health officials hope that the worst Omicron is nearing its end, but warns that things will get worse and dangerous new variants may emerge. increase.
Los Angeles County may end requirements for outdoor masks within a few weeks, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health, Thursday. But it’s unlikely that it will happen before the Super Bowl on February 13th. The Super Bowl attracts as many as 100,000 people to Inglewood’s SoFi stadium.
According to Feller, COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in California’s largest counties are declining, and deaths may begin to decline.
“After a surge, it doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over, the infection rate is low, or there are no unpredictable waves of surge in the future,” she warned.
Although daily cases and hospitalizations are declining in Arizona, deaths are still increasing, rising from an average of about 61 last week to about 79 as of Tuesday.
“There’s a reason to hope, but you’re never out of the woods,” Elizabeth Jacobs, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Arizona, said on Twitter.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said he was calling for the end of the state’s coronavirus public health emergency. This is a move to limit the disclosure of health data. This step reflects her long-held belief that it’s time to overcome the pandemic limits and move towards a point where COVID-19 becomes a manageable part of everyday life, like the flu.
In Washington, the legislature has allowed the number of senators to double from Monday.
Overall, new cases in the United States plummeted from a record average of over 800,000 per day in mid-January to about 357,000.
Becky Borer, Associated Press writer in Juneau, Alaska. Paul Davenport of Phoenix; Robert Jablon of Los Angeles. Michael Stove in New York. Michelle Monroe of Olympia, Washington contributed to this report.